6'0 205 RB Justise Hairston gave Hawk fans the best news of all recruiting season with his decision at 2:30 EST yesterday. Justise chose Iowa over offers from Purdue, Penn State, Rutgers, UCONN, and Kansas.
"It was always a dream of mine to play in the BigTen," Justise said. "Iowa actually has the same colors as my little league football team so I knew this has been the place for me since it lived up to my childhood."
Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe once again played a large role in landing another stud from Connecticut.
"Coach O'Keefe is a great coach. I could always talk to him as he was real upfront with me. He did not offer any early playing time or promises like other schools, and told me straight up that I would red-shirt to get bigger and faster. I want to red-shirt so I can be the best possible when I step on the field."
Justise is fully qualified with a 2.5 GPA and 1010 on the SAT. In fact, he even took the ACT this past weekend. Justise has been a prospect that has really changed his career around in the past year.
"I have worked out with TeBucky Jones during the last couple summers," Justise said. "He helped make me realize this last summer that not everything revolves around me. Then Coach (Jack) Carter came in and it took a lot for me to realize that I needed to be in his system. In the long haul, it was very good for me."
Justise was also hosted by the last promising Hawkeye RB to come from Connecticut, Jermelle Lewis.
"Jermelle played a big role in my decision as he was very honest with me. He wanted me to come in for more competition and told me that if I earn the job then I deserve to have it. He was 185 when he left Bloomington and now he is 214. I think the same thing will happen with me as I gain more speed."
Justise has the attitude that coaches will love. Justise will run the 110 and 300 hurdles once again this year in track in hopes of winning a state championship. Now Hawk fans will have to hope that Justise will reign supreme.